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So. Calif. Schools Receive $14,500 From KID HEALTHY -- Steps To Healthy Living Campaign!
Date:6/30/2008

- Schools Receive Grants as 4th & 5th Graders 'Walked the Walk and Talked

the Talk' in Sixth Annual Childhood Obesity Campaign - Campaign Addresses Future Health Risks in State Where More Than 1-in-3

Children Are Obese

ORANGE, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixteen elementary schools from San Diego to Ventura counties have received grants of up to $1,000.00 in recognition of their successful participation in the Sixth Annual KID HEALTHY -- Steps for Healthy Living campaign, a voluntary program designed to reduce the risk of childhood obesity. The 2008 KID HEALTHY campaign, which was presented by Kaiser Permanente Southern California and ABC7 Los Angeles, reached an estimated 85,000 students, parents and teachers with its positive messages about exercise, nutrition and making healthier choices.

The $14,500 grant program was sponsored by the Dairy Council of California and CVS/pharmacy. Awards were given in at $1,000 and $500 levels based on the school's successful participation in KID HEALTHY. Schools received their awards June 16 - 30 following the campaign that ran in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and San Diego counties last March-April.

Awards were given based on the percentage of 4th and 5th grade students who participated in the program at participating schools. Other factors included the number of students who increased daily physical activity, ate more servings of fruits and vegetables and successfully completed the campaign's curriculum.

The 16 winning schools included:

Los Angeles County - San Antonio Elementary of Huntington Park; Cesar Chavez

Elementary of Los Angeles; Starr King Elementary of Long Beach. -- $1000 each

Orange County - Violette Elementary of Garden Grove; Lincoln Elementary of Santa Ana. -- $1,000 each

San Bernardino County - Davidson Elementary of San Bernardino; Rio Vista Elementary of San Bernardino -- $1,000 each

Riverside County - Mission Bell Elementary of Riverside; Ramona Elementary of Moreno Valley -- $1,000 each; Pedley Elementary of Riverside and Moreno Elementary of Moreno Valley. -- $500 each

Ventura County - Tierra Vista Elementary of Oxnard and Somis Elementary of Somis -- $1,000 each

San Diego County - Willow Elementary of San Ysidro and Laurel Elementary of Oceanside -- $1,000 and King/Chavez Athletics Academy of San Diego -- $500.

"KID HEALTHY was outstanding an outstanding success," said Jackie Teichmann, Regional Director for KID HEALTHY. "We had more than 85,000 fourth and fifth graders, parents and teachers participate. We have now reached nearly 350,000 people since our campaign began in 2003. We want to congratulate everyone -- students, teachers, parents, and the Children's Power Play! Campaign Coordinators as well as our sponsors -- who made this year's campaign so successful."

"We congratulate all the schools and volunteers who participated in KID HEALTHY in 2008," added Teresa Samaniego, Executive Director of Public Affairs for ABC7 in Los Angeles. "Their commitment to and success with KID HEALTHY in 2008 made the difference as we continue to take on this important health care issue. We know KID HEALTHY has a positive effect on everyone who participates in it. We look forward to next year's campaign and joining everyone here on another successful campaign."

About KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living

KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public health and education campaign under the fiscal oversight of the Volunteer Center Orange County of Santa Ana, California. Its funding sponsors include: ABC7; Kaiser Permanente Southern California, participating in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura counties; CalOptima, a public health agency serving 330,000 Orange County residents in Medi-Cal, the Healthy Families program and Medicare; and CVS/pharmacy of Southern California.

Program support and content review is provided by the Network for a Healthy California-Children's Power Play! Campaign and the American Cancer Society. Nearly 350,000 parents, teachers and children have participated in KID HEALTHY since 2003.

More information on KID HEALTHY -- Steps for Healthy Living is available by visiting http://www.mykidhealthy.org .

Contact:

Jackie Teichmann

Regional Director, KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living

714-914-1203 (mobile)

Email Address: Jteichmann5@gmail.com


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